No More Sexual Violence

What Does The VSP Designation Mean?

  • A Violent Sexual Predator (VSP) designation does not necessarily mean the offender caused great physical injury to the victim during their sexual offense(s). This designation was created in 1998 in compliance with Federal law to identify sex offenders who were determined to potentially have a high likelihood of committing another sexual offense, for enhanced sexual registration purposes. That Federal requirement was replaced by SORNA in 2006 and states are no longer required to make sexual predator designations. All sex crimes are perceptually violent acts against another person.
  • The Sexual Offender Classification Board discontinued reviewing offenders for VSP designation in 2009 following an Idaho Supreme Court decision finding the review process to be constitutionally unsound. The process has not been redeveloped.
  • Only offenders who were reviewed and designated by the Sexual Offender Classification Board maintain their VSP designations. Prior to 2011, sexual offenders who moved to Idaho who had a similar designation or high registration "tier" assignment from another state were also considered to be VSP's in Idaho. The VSP designation for this group of out of state sex offenders has been eliminated in Idaho.
  • In addition to the basic sex offender registration requirements, offenders with the VSP designation are required to verify their residence with law enforcement every 30 days. They are also required to complete in-person registration with law enforcement quarterly.
  • Idaho’s VSP designation is effective for the offender’s lifetime. These offenders are not eligible for removal from the registry or discharge from the registration requirement.